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Southern Oregon ESD Newsletter Volume V/ Issue 6
June 2010

  • Outstanding IVC Educators of the Year
  • Looking back on my life with Asperger Syndrome
  • Crater Students Win 48/48 Video Challenge
  • Moving to the Datacenter: Klamath County School District

  • Outstanding IVC Educators of the Year
    Steve Johnson

    Steve Johnson: IVC Administrator of the Year

    Steve Johnson is currently first year Principal at Lost River Jr./Sr. High School. He began his educational career in 1984 as a PE/Health teacher in Perrydale, Oregon at a time when floppy discs were the rage in the world of technology.

    After 10 years, he relocated to Madras and Jefferson County School District where he was able to help introduce the latest technology as an instructional tool. As a high school assistant principal and then as principal of an elementary and then a middle school, he led the installation of new computer labs, sought the purchase of video projectors for instructional purposes, insured the upgrade of all staff computers, and supported training on the use of technology in the classroom.

    His focus on the latest and most advanced technology in the classroom and school has continued during his first year as principal at Lost River Jr./Sr. High School. Steve has also been very supportive of his district's IVC Spanish I and II classes, which are shared with other schools throughout the district. He has been instrumental in helping SOESD establish an IVC Chinese Language and Culture Class for two sections of 8th grade students with the intent of adding more sections next year, including another junior high class and a high school class.

    We chose Steve as IVC Administrator of the Year for his innovative leadership and his willingness to secure the benefits of technology for all students.


    David Cosand

    David Cosand: IVC Teacher of the Year

    We chose David Cosand IVC Teacher of the Year for his leadership at Kennedy Elementary School in Medford where he has taught grades 4, 5, and 6 for the past seven years. David is married to music teacher, Hope Cosand - and they have four children. David Cosand
    David's background in advertising, creating film, video, audio, and print media gives him a unique perspective for integrating technology into his teaching. In his classroom, he regularly calls on his students to create media-rich projects to demonstrate their learning. Interactive video conferencing has become a significant focus for David in the past two years. After seeing the power of IVC reflected in his own students' learning and engagement, he began to work with his school staff and SOESD with the goal of providing IVC opportunities for every student at Kennedy. That desire has spread into a school-wide enthusiasm for distance learning and technology integration.
    David worked with SOESD to help organize CyberFair '09, which was held last year in August at Kennedy Elementary School.
    For his ability to be a great IVC role model and a catalyst for change in his building, we have chosen David as IVC Teacher of the Year.


    Zhagang

    Zhagang Frisbee - IVC Instructor of the Year

    Zhagang is the first IVC Mandarin instructor in Southern Oregon. Recently Applegate 2nd and 3rd grade Mandarin students asked their teacher, Debbie Yerby, if they could ask Zhagang for an autograph when they found out she was coming to visit them on a year-end face-to-face visit. After all, they told their teacher that, "She was coming from China and was on TV." Actually, Zhagang is a recent arrival in the Rogue Valley having lived in Seattle and Southern California since leaving China in 2002. She is married and has two children. Her well-developed language skills (she taught English in China) and her strong background in teaching and technology makes her the ideal candidate to lead SOESD's effort to expand the study of Chinese Language and Culture in Southern Oregon schools.
    Zhagang is currently employed part-time at St. Mary's School, the first Confucius Classroom in the county. Her experience in a wide variety of levels and content from preschool to adult education with a stint at SOESD's STEPS classrooms for good measure, make her well suited to the rigors of teaching at a distance. Since she started teaching on the IVC network in January, she has dealt admirably with the challenges of a demanding schedule and the uncertainties of recently installed IVC systems and responded like a pro.
    For all these reasons and because she cares so much for our Southern Oregon students, we have chosen Zhagang, IVC Instructor of the Year.


    Looking back on my life with Asperger Syndrome

    Dr. Janet Fletcher Asperger's Presentation, 4/27/10, Smullin Center, Medford, Oregon

    Dr. Janet Fletcher is a retired physician, wife, and mother. She was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome at age 60. For the past 7 years she has run a local support group for families, interested friends and for adults who experience Asperger's. Southern Oregon Education Service District sponsored two well- attended presentations by Dr. Fletcher during the past three years. This is a copy of Dr. Fletcher's most


    Crater Students Win 48/48 Video Challenge
    Photo still from Lame

    by Ray Robison

    Lame, a 12-minute film of blackmail and intrigue, has won the 3rd Annual 48/48 Video Challenge for Southern Oregon Middle and High School Students. Produced by Crater High School students Gabe Lunte, Cory Slocum, Tyler Nab and Tyler Alford, the film was rated highest among 18 other films from 8 local schools.

    Other individual winners were:
    Grants Pass High School sophomore Keith Fawcett for best screenplay (The Newbie),
    Phoenix High School senior Rhianna Ullom for best actress (Detective Holmes)
    and Hidden Valley High School senior Drew Shane for best actor (Paradox).
    The comedy Scratch That from Phoenix High School took second place
    and the science fiction tale Paradox from Hidden Valley was third.
    Peeping Pineapples, a comedy by North Middle School student CeCe Martin, won the middle school division.

    The 48/48 Video Challenge requires that students create a short film in 48 days after having been given the genre and a list of required lines of dialogue, characters and props that must be included in the film. Judging is done by film and television industry professionals primarily from outside of Southern Oregon and this year included Oscar winner Jon Johnson, who most recently was Supervising Sound Editor on The Blind Side. Winners will receive their trophies at private ceremonies at their individual schools.

    Previous winners include the romantic comedy Heels Over Head and the mystery Pink Lemonade and Murder, both produced by Phoenix High School students. The 48/48 Video Challenge is coordinated by the Creative Services Department at Southern Oregon Education Service District.


    Moving to the Datacenter: Klamath County School District

    Nate Davol, Systems Analyst

    Facing increasing budget deficits many Oregon school districts look for ways to operate more efficiently while maintaining high quality education and services for their students. SOESD Computer Information Services provides many resources to help schools stay current with the latest technology while keeping systems running smoothly.

    One recent example of the ESD providing cost savings to districts is the technology migration project for Klamath County School District. Realizing the need to maintain their technology and server infrastructure to meet future demands, KCSD met with SOESD technology staff this past year to plan server, network and software upgrades. Moving from their current Novell Netware server software which recently reached end of life support to Microsoft Windows Server will reduce licensing annually nearly $10,000 as well as reduce energy costs using virtualization software from VMware.

    The migration consists of several key areas that will be complete this summer. Over the spring the SOESD and KCSD tech staff transferred email services from Novell GroupWise to Microsoft Exchange. The new Exchange server allows staff to now easily synch school calendars, contacts and email with their mobile devices and smart phones as well as use the popular Outlook client for email.

    Besides email services, the new datacenter will provide mission critical services including, email, staff and student applications, antivirus, and directory services. An immediate advantage moving to the new datacenter is the reduction in the server equipment by an estimated 47%. This means less physical hardware to maintain allowing faster repair and recovery time for servers. New services can now be quickly deployed allowing technology staff to quickly respond to changing needs of the district.

    With the help of the new datacenter, Klamath County School District can now look forward to providing efficient and highly valued technology services to their staff and students.

    For more information, please contact:

    Computer Information Systems
    Southern Oregon Education Service District
    Email: support@soesd.k12.or.us
    Phone: 541-858-6730 / 866-858-6730
    Web: www.soesd.k12.or.us/support


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